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Failure to take abuse seriously empowers police perpetrators, says Commissioner

The Angiolini Inquiry, an independent inquiry into how an off-duty Metropolitan police officer was able to abduct, rape and murder a member of the public, has published its Part I report findings today. The report is the first of three that will be published by Lady Elish Angiolini. In response to the report, the Domestic …

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Commissioner responds to new statutory aggravating factor for sexually violent homicides

The Ministry of Justice has today announced: Nicole Jacobs, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales says, “Domestic abuse and sexual violence are closely linked crimes. One in three rapes and sexual assaults are perpetrated by current and ex-partners, and victims of intimate partner rape and sexual violence face particular barriers in finding justice. …

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Distorted police statistics downplay domestic abuse reports, says Commissioner

Ten per cent fewer domestic abuse crimes have been recorded in new statistics published today, after police were instructed to deliberately count fewer crimes. In new rules introduced in June 2023, the Home Office has told the police to only count one crime for each time a victim comes forward and allowed police count fewer …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to new ONS figures on domestic abuse as charge rates remain unacceptably low

Today the Office of National Statistics has published new figures on domestic abuse which cover the 12 months to 31st March 2023. Responding to this data, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, said: “2.1 million people over the age of 16 have been subject to domestic abuse in the past year.* Domestic abuse is a devastating …

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Domestic Commissioner responds to the Autumn Statement

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, says: “Domestic abuse has a significant personal cost to victims and an economic cost to society of at least £74bn in a year. “I welcome this £12 million funding boost. But we must see more sustainable funding for lifesaving services for victims’ safety and wellbeing. I am calling for …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to Sentencing Bill and Criminal Justice Bill

Today, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice have announced the first reading of two Bills in relation to the criminal justice system: The Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, says: “The criminal justice system needs to improve its response to domestic abuse as a matter of urgency. Just four per cent of domestic abuse …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to Criminal Justice reforms in the King’s Speech

I welcome the emphasis on the criminal justice system in the King’s Speech today. It is absolutely right that this government has named violence against women and girls as a priority.   However, the criminal justice system across the board is failing victims of domestic abuse. The government’s reforms must be ambitious enough to address this. …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to latest domestic abuse crime statistics

Domestic abuse crimes remain high in England and Wales, yet no significant improvements in criminal justice system outcomes are being made. Every agency responding to domestic abuse must deliver the highest standards for victims and survivors who take the brave steps to report, and the criminal justice system clearly has a significant role to play. …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to government reforms for prisoners on short sentences

The Justice Secretary Alex Chalk MP announced today that the government will introduce a presumption against prison sentences of less than 12 months and allow the prison service to let some prisoners on short sentences out of jail up to 18 days early. The Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, Nicole Jacobs, says: “Many …

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Domestic Abuse Commissioner responds to news that the killer of Joanna Simpson will not be automatically released from prison

Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner, says: “The friends and family of Joanna Simpson have been campaigning for years for this decision. “Government must ensure justice for all victims, implementing the recommendations of the Wade Review into Domestic Homicide Sentencing. I have also called for all perpetrators that have been found guilty of manslaughter on the …

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